kept it a buck
Posted: 03 November 2019 04:00 PM   [ Ignore ]
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This phrase appears to mean “told the truth”, “was frank”.

It seems to have been around for quite a while but I only just encountered it.

Some samplings from the wild:

https://www.xonecole.com/willow-smith-polyamory-men-women/
“ Willow Smith kept it a buck about how she really feels about monogamy”

https://ispulse.info/video/s6CpjImfd3yJgmc.html
“The fact that you kept it a buck about using his beat gets my respect.”

https://www.complex.com/music/2017/04/tde-top-dawg-responds-backlash-kendrick-lamar-april-7-announcement
“The CEO of TDE took to Twitter to respond to fans who were feeling less than happy about the April 7 announcement, and he kept it a buck about what went down.”

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Posted: 04 November 2019 08:30 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Urban dictionary. No info as to history of the phrase.

There is a facebook page named “Keep it a Buck” but provides no clues.

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Posted: 05 November 2019 04:08 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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It’s black slang, but beyond that I can’t find any info with a casual search.

Buck is an old slang term for talk, especially insolent talk, so that would seem to be related.

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